When I was first told the task in which I had to do within the week, I felt that it would be challenge not only for me but the skills I had learned through the year with the ISO and Shutterspeed settings, when we were told we were going to work in groups, which were going to be picked at random. I quickly realised I needed to make an agreement with the rest of the team to where we want to go and when, from this my first major impression, and the part which was going to be the main challenge was the idea that when I took the shot I could now review the photo and see what I needed to change, in-order to take another photo it better for the print off. Something which this challenge was based on of, and the key aspect of doing it was to see how much skill we had as a group, something which was a challenge was working out if we understood what the ISO, Shutterspeed and the aperture which we had learned int he other units that we had worked on for the past year, something which would test our ability was the idea that we could only take around 2 shots for the one photo, and where as if we were to have a DSLR with a large memory, we could take up to 500 photo which would be standard for today’s technology. Going into this task, nor me or my group knew how to operate these types of camera, which we had no experience.
ISO: Something which is used through photography and is one of the first skills in which people learn when wanting to take photos for themself. It’s how the camera measures the level of light, this setting commonly is set to 100 as default as it’s most cameras starting point, meaning the way the camera traps light is, anything below the 800 ISO, is natural lighting, anything that you select above this number, starts to digitalyl change the image, which is when the grain of the picture is created, something that you do not want when taking a high-definition photo. The 4 key points when changing the ISO in comparison to the other;
- Light – Checking how much light is on the object which you’re trying to take the photo of, making sure that you don’t need to change the ISO to anything above 800 so that you can keep you HD Clear finish. How much light is going to be let in when using the aperture and how much is going to be allowed to hit the sensor on the shutterspeed option, something which I will need to look at when taking my own photos.
- Grain – Making the decision if you want to have a grain effect on your photo or if you want to make it so that the picture is blurred around specific parts of the photo, this can be changed due to the amount of light and ISO setting that I have chosen.
- Tripod – Camera being still so that the ISO can make a complete focus, and if using manual you can ensure you get the perfect shot. This is something I plan on using to make one of my photos look creative and different from the others that we’re challenging. This is so that the camera is completely still and allows us to take the photos which we intend to take.
- Moving – Is the object moving, does the ISO need to be lower so that the photo can render and get the correct motion that you’re looking for, something which one of our shots will be using is the shutter speed and the mix of aperture to try to create a slow motion effect which is something that the moving category is focused on.
This list is all of the things that I will be looking for when going to take the photos and ensuring I have checked and made sure all for settings are correct.
On the first day of shooting, I only too 6 photos with my team, this was at the train station in daylight, this was a huge challege as we had to use the light meter which either of us had used before and to fuigre out how to work it correctly, we did the train leaving the station and the train stationary at the station, this was for our exterior shot, for our first shots we felt confident with the way we took the shot and the way in which we achived it, not knowing what the picture looked like was something that was most challenging.
For the 2nd day of shooting, we went to Birmingham to get the best shots we could for the time that we had, using the camera became more satisfying as we were learning to adjust to what we thought was going to work and trusting our instincts when doing it, the overall feel of the camera was heavy and weighted with the sense of protecting somone elses work, this was our Tutors camera so from the moment we got it, we needed to make sure we handled it with care. When shooting with the camera we got the sense of an old fashion shot, knowing the quality and what the outcome was going to be we based the photos on locations which would be showing the old relation and to match them together.